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It doesn’t matter when you take a trip to Calgary: there are always fun things to see and do. Indeed, that’s what makes the city so enjoyable for both locals and visitors alike. If you take a look at what we have coming up in October, you’ll see just what we mean. There’ll be pleasant Sunday mornings, Halloween fun for the whole family, and a chance to see an all-out classic movie on the big screen. Check out all the details below. 



A fine Sunday breakfast

Sunday mornings can be great. So can breakfast. And so can music. But all three together? Well wow, that’s something else entirely. On October 27, you’ll be able to enjoy a fun and memorable morning at the Calgary Petroleum Club, where there’ll be performances of Wagner, Mozart, and more as you enjoy a delicious breakfast. 

Scares for the family

Halloween is coming, and that means that there’s plenty of terror on the way! But don’t worry, if you’re visiting with your family, you don’t need to worry about everyone being too afraid. The Ghouls Night Out is a family friendly event that’ll be taking place October 24 - 27 at Heritage Park. Plenty of fun and just a little bit frightening….Boo!


Dinner and a movie

If you want to be genuinely scared, then you might want to get down to Gasoline Alley Museum on October 29, where they’ll be screening the spooky classic Bram Stoker’s Dracula. A cash bar and popcorn will be available. 

Only the best hotel in Calgary will do for your trip away from home. At the Econo Lodge South Calgary, you’ll receive spacious, affordable accommodations within easy reaching distance of the city centre. Additionally, guests also get to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast, heated indoor pool and hot tub, and high speed wifi.

Check out these amazing shows in Calgary this September!

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Calgary’s arts and entertainment scene is booming! If you’re taking a trip to Calgary this September, there are plenty of shows that will knock your socks off. We’ve rounded up just a few of the hottest tickets in town that you won’t want to miss:

Cirque du Soleil presents: Luzia | August 15-September 22


Whether you’ve seen a Cirque du Soleil show before or this is your first time, you won’t want to miss Luzia under the big top tent this August and September! Cirque du Soleil’s current touring show, Luzia, is a Mexican-inspired “waking dream.” The word “luz” is Spanish for “light,” and the show is full of a “surrealistic series of grand visual surprises and breathtaking acrobatic performances.” The show features both traditional and modern Mexican music, costumes, and other themes to transport you to a new world that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Whose Live Anyway? Improv & Comedy Show | September 27

If you’re a comedy fan, you’ll know the classic show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, which has been entertaining TV audiences for decades! The Whose Line Is It Anyway? live improv and comedy show has been doing performances since 1999, and is returning to Calgary’s Grey Eagle Resort & Casino this September! This show will be sure to have you laughing out loud - get ready for lots of improvised comedy and music, including lots of audience participation. It’s a show we guarantee you won’t soon forget.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Werq the World Tour | September 30 


The iconic TV and Netflix reality show is coming to Calgary live! On September 30th, head to Calgary’s Jubilee Auditorium to watch as the Drag Race queens try to save the galaxy on stage, all while looking downright fabulous. If you’re a fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race, get excited to see some of your favourite queens, including Michelle Visage, Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Detox, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, and many more. And even if this is your first foray into the amazing world of drag, you’ll still be thoroughly captivated by the elaborate sets, costumes, choreography, and music. It’s a high-caliber theatrical performance you won’t want to miss!
If you’re traveling to Calgary this September, book your stay at EconoLodge South Calgary and enjoy affordable room rates without sacrificing the comfort of amenities or the convenience of nearby attractions and public transport. We’re also happy to offer free parking to guests to make your stay as smooth and easy as possible while you take in all the great entertainment Calgary has to offer!


Help support local Canadian artists at the Clothesline Festival & Art Sale.


More Than Just Art

The Clothesline Festival & Art Sale is a unique experience that incorporates both the appreciation of art and festival living. You'll find over 1500 pieces of Alberta-made art including paintings, carvings, pottery, clothing and much more. The festival is located on 80-acres of historic Leighton property. Along with the outdoor art gallery; you'll be entertained by live music, art demonstrations, children's art activities, and face painting. Food vendors can also be found throughout the event to keep you full and happy!


Tickets, Location & More

Lucky for us, the Clothesline Festival & Art Sale is a free event! Yes, even the parking is free (although, carpooling is encouraged). The event will happen on June 1st, whether it's rain or shine, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The Leighton Arts Centre is hosting this fun event located on 282027 144 st W, Millarville. All ages are welcome to attend although no pets will be permitted on site. For more information visit the event's webpage.


Econo Lodge South Calgary invites you to stay in one of our beautiful, comfortable suites or rooms. We're proud to offer our guests a luxurious stay that doesn't break the banks but still offers you that “holiday feel” you want when visiting away from home. Our hotel is a rough 30 minute drive from the Leighton Arts Centre where this year's Clothesline Festival is hosted. We hope to see you there!


Check out the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo this April

The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo is back this April! From April 25th to 28th, you can celebrate the best of pop culture and entertainment while meeting other fans and maybe even some of your heroes! 
Haven’t attended a Comic Con or expo before? This event is like a supercharged meetup for fans of all types to “celebrate what makes them geeky in a positive, safe, and elevating environment”. No matter what you’re into - whether it’s comic books, movies, animation, fantasy, science fiction, or just about anything else you can think of - you’ll find other like minded people at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo. Plus, the organizers of this event are no newbies. This annual event has been happening in Calgary since 2006, and has only grown in both size and production value since then.
The highlights of this year’s events are truly spectacular. You can meet the stars of The Goonies, such as Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, and Ke Huy Quan, as well as the stars of Back to the Future, including Canadian legend Michael J. Fox. Love Stranger Things and Hellboy? Of course you do, and you can get a chance to meet David Harbour himself at this year’s Expo. These are only a few highlights of the many, many events and attractions you can see at this year’s Expo. Check out the full details online and get excited to plan your visit. With autograph sessions, celebrity photo sessions, an artists’ alley, cosplay contests, and much more, your days are sure to be jam packed.
Bring along your friends or meet new ones at the Expo! A single day adult pass starts at just $20, or buy a 4 day pass starting at $110. There are also youth discounts and VIP packages available, so you can find what you need whether you’re looking to save some cash or splash out.
Econolodge Calgary South is less than a 15 minute drive away from the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo at the Stampede Grounds. Plus, if you extend your stay with us for a full week, you save on your accommodation with our weekly rate. There’s no better way to experience the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo than staying with us! See you this April!
posted by: on: November 18, 2018

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Canada, eh? The land of beavers and wintery wonders.  Canadians, and specifically those in Calgary have a distinct way to celebrate their Christmas/Holidays.  The spirit of the winter holidays is alive and doing well in cities like Calgary. To see how this manifests, you have to check out the Canadian way with these events:

Alberta Ballet: The Nutcracker

On December 14-16 (Friday to Sunday) and December 20-24 (Thursday to Monday), join the Alberta Ballet in The Nutcracker.  This 2-hour show has various times (and Saturday and Sunday matinees) , so it’s best to check out the website.  The ballet is accompanied by the CAlgary Philharmonic Orchestra at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary. Tickets range from $41 to $145. This show holds a wonderful tale, but it is also a great way to bring the family and share in a Canadian way of enjoying Christmas.

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames

There is nothing more Canadian than hockey rivalry. And there is something about the winter months that make hockey so much more special; perhaps it reminds us of frozen lakes and rivers, and playing on the neighbourhood ice. Nonetheless our rivalry with our western neighbours is nothing short of symbolic of Canada. A good game of hockey can’t anyone wrong.  Join several thousand other people for a game at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Saturday, December 29, 2018. Game starts at 8 PM!

Once Upon a Christmas…

Start November 24 through to December 23, 2018, Heritage Park in Calgary transform into Calgary’s own little area for Christmas festivities. While these Saturdays and Sundays are an annual occurrence, a couple things are new this year. These include performances by the Acclamation Handbell Choir, an opportunity to pet the holiday horses, and the Calgary Carvers exhibit their art of woodworking. Horse-drawn sleighs and carriages? Come on, you cannot miss out!


Christmas can be tiring, especially if you are visiting from out of town.  We’ve got your rest, relaxation and sleep covered. The Econo Lodge in Calgary is just minutes away from everything, and can give you great value for your dollar.  If that isn’t enough, then consider the benefits of having a pool in-house, too!

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October is a great time to visit Calgary, especially if you’re interested in culture and the arts. There are some fantastic concerts happening from huge headlining artists, as well as a fun, family-friendly tournament for those who enjoy horse sports. Take a look at what’s on below and, of course, if you’re visiting us next month, be sure to book your stay here at Econolodge South Calgary. We have a wide variety of beautiful, comfortable, and clean guestrooms and suites, as well as fantastic on-site amenities and affordable rates. Give us a call today!  

Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters will be performing in Calgary on October 23 at Scotiabank Saddledome. The internationally acclaimed rock band is touring in support of their most recent and ninth studio album, 2017’s Concrete and Gold. It’s their second number one album in the United States. The multi-Grammy Award winning Foo Fighters was founded and is fronted by Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, who started the band after the death of Kurt Cobain.


Stone Temple Pilots

The San Diego rock band is playing the Grey Eagle Event Centre in Calgary on October 27. They rose to fame in the early 1990s, their sound experimenting with grunge, psychedelic rock, and classic rock, with hits like “Plush” and “Creep.” Jeff Gutt has taken on lead vocals in replace of the late original frontman Scott Weiland and his first replacement, the late Chester Bennington. The band’s newest album, STP, was released late last year, to positive reviews.


Spruce Meadows Oktoberfest Tournament

Taking place from October 10 to 14 at the Spruce Meadows Equi-Plex, one of the world’s leading horse sport venues, the Oktoberfest Tournament will feature horse jumpers in competition, jumping over heights ranging from 0.80m to 1.40m. This free, family-friendly event will also offer a food concession.

 taco food truck sign at night

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Weary from your travels? We’ll help you feel like a world traveller without even having to leave town! These drool-worthy Calgary food trucks are sure to take your taste buds on a trip without spending hours in the car. Read on to get hungry:

 Soul Kitchen BBQ Co.

If you ever find yourself craving Southern food, or wondering what Creole dishes taste like, then head on over to the most inviting, smokin’ hot street food truck in all of Calgary! Their inspiration for the truck came through sauces, so the food is definitely not lacking in flavour! With classics like peppered beef ribs, alligator gumbo, collard greens and fried okra.

StrEATS Mobile Kitchen

Serving tacos, poutines, fish & chips, and burritos, this food truck really appreciates their customers - by recognizing that the people who like on the streets deserve food too, so they utilize their give back program, called StrEATS4streets foodraiser, which allows customers to donate $1.50, which then contributes towards buying a full-size taco to give out to someone in need. They also take sustainability into account by shopping local, and using 70% ocean-wise certified fish, and using recyclable food containers because as they say, “a good planet is hard to find”! They also have vegetarian options among their tacos and poutines! What a trEAT!

 Arepa Boss

Serving gluten-free Venezuelan food, such as their traditional arepa, with a corn-dough pocket with all kinds of savoury fillings, authentic side dishes and sauces too! The arepa can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner - it doesn’t discriminate! This scrumptious food truck even donates a portion of their sales to Project P.A.L., which supports local people and animals in need. Who knew something that tasted so good could feel and do so much good too?

 CheChivo Salvadoran Street Food

Che Chivo, meaning ‘how cool!’ in El Salvador, sure lives up to its name! Serving the freshest food you can’t get anywhere else in Calgary, such as pupusas, tamales, ceviche, yuca fries, and plantain empanadas. The menu is naturally gluten free, and everything is served with their home-made curtido salsa. They even have vegetarian options! Finally, if you have fallen in love with their hot sauce, lucky for you they now have it for sale by the bottle - Order up!

If you’re thinking of indulging in any of the above food trucks, make sure you book with Econolodge South Calgary for the best stay you can get without draining your wallet! We have an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness centre, free wireless internet, and continental breakfast! The lodge is even pet-friendly, so feel free bring your furry friends!


Calgary Zoo brings back the magic of discovering new creatures and fun facts about our world while admiring some of the most beautiful creatures our world bestows. Calgary arguably has the best zoo in all of Canada scoring a high 4.4  of out 5 star Google review. It’s typical for zoos to lose funding and thus underkeep their enclosures resulting in unhappy animals - but not Calgary Zoo! This is a clean, well-kept zoo with great staff who can tell you fun facts about each animal!


Discover Animals From Around The World!

The Calgary Zoo choose to showcase their animals in different ways by segregating species into different “destinations”. These “destinations” help give animals enclosures that are more suited to their natural habitats and assist guests in find what’s where. These “destinations” include: Canadian Wilds, Conservatory & Gardens, Destination Africa, Eurasia, Land of Lemurs, Penguin Plunge, and Prehistoric Park. Fun facts about each habitat and its occupants are listed throughout the zoo so you can learn what these animals like to each, where they spend most their time, among other fun facts.


The Perfect Place For Canadian Memorabilia

This makes for a cheap excursion for everyone to enjoy! Tickets range between $16.95 - $24.95  and can be bought upon entry or on their website. Don’t forget to pick up some awesome Canadian memorabilia when you’re there including cute stuffies of Canadian mammals, Canadian outerwear, and LOTS of maple syrup! Food and beverage can be found within the Zoo so there’s no need to bring a lunch!


The Calgary Zoo is located on  210 St. George's Drive NE which is a short 15 minute drive from us at Econo Lodge South Calgary. Book with us for the best in accomodation for comfort, affordability, and care in the South Calgary area. 

Only a 20 minute drive from us at Econo Lodge South Calgary, Alberta sits the Telus Spark Scientific Centre. This is a great place to experience with your family and friends as the Telus Spark Centre provides fun for both children and adult.


Learn All About Our World While Having Fun

Telus Spark Scientific Centre offers a great interactive models that teach a variety of scientific fields. Learn about biology, physics, geology, and more with displays and showcases throughout the science centre! An “Adults Only” night is hosted from 6pm-10pm every night. According to the Telus Spark website adult only night includes, “free reign in our galleries, a fully licensed bar, dance jams and even riskier science”.


Dome Theatre

You don’t want to miss the Dome Theatre, located in the Telus Spark Centre, for some interactive fun. This theatre is a special feature to the Telus Spark Scientific Centre. The best way to describe this unique event is “live storytelling meets digital technology”. This year Extreme Weather, Space Next, and Horizon will be playing on the HD theatre. Tickets are available for both general admission and admission into the Dome Theatre are as low as $26.45.


Check out all there is to offer in this fun excursion exclusive to South Calgary, Alberta! Our friendly staff at Econo Lodge South Calgary would be more than happy to help you find travel accommodation between our hotel and the Telus Spark Centre, purchase your tickets, or answer any question you may have! 


Halloween is on its way and to help indulge in the halloween spirit and get your scare on, the annual “Haunted Calgary” presents: 
Hollywood Horror. This isn’t just any haunted house… this is Calgary, Alberta's biggest and largest scaled haunted house which is hosted annually by volunteers and sponsors. This special event donates 100% of its funds and food raised to charity organizations in the near area. So why not do some good for your community whilst screaming your toosh off this October?


What to Expect

This event comes with a warning: enter at your own risk. Little is still known about the design of each haunted house as construction is still underway according to the Haunted Calgary Facebook page.However, the scare is themed off Hollywood classics so we can only expect to see lurking vampires, troubled maniacs, and maybe a little IT inspired clowns.


Times, Location, and Tickets 

Haunted Calgary understands some individuals aren’t into the entire 10/10 guts and horror. Thus, the production team has set up two different “scare times” which allows for families to enjoy the events earlier during the day while adults and teens can enjoy the fright at night! To be exact, times available for a “low scare” grade will be between 2pm-4pm while the “high scare” will be between 6pm-10pm. Econo Lodge South Calgary is a quick 30 minute drive to Rocky Ridge Bay where Haunted Calgary will be held this October 2017.  

 As stated before this event is 100% pro bono, so tickets are by donation only. However, the Haunted Calgary Site recommends a $10 donation along with some non-perishable food items. This is an event Econo Lodge South Calgary is proud to advertise and our staff would be more than happy to help you with your travel to and from the event!